Friday, 25 November 2016

JETS November 2016

Goodness where has the last two weeks gone. Time seems to be flying by and it is hard to believe December begins next week and preparations for Christmas will begin in earnest. It is almost two weeks since our last JETS meeting and I have only just got round to sorting out the photos ready to share. 
It was a busy meeting with lots going on because the sewing machine bought with the grant we were given had arrived. Eeeek excitement all round - the children were quite excited too.

The original plan was to create fireworks pictures as our meeting was shortly after Diwali and Bonfire Night. The sewing machine added a new activity of stitching simple lavender bags so that hopefully everyone would get a turn using the machine. The meeting room was turned into a hive of industry with the sewing machine whirring away; filling lavender bags; couching wool fibres and other materials to black felt; applying sparkly fabric using the clover iron and bonda web and stitching sequins. There was a real buzz with everyone busy and to my total amazement all the girls completed (or almost) both activities in two hours. Here is some (quite a lot!) of their work.

Getting to grips with the new machine.

Couching wool fibres in spirals

C used sparkly fabric to couch into a starburst

Using the mini Clover iron to apply sparkly fabric

Adding extra details with metallic cords and thread

Some of the completed projects.
Looking back through my photographs I think some of them went home to share their work before I could take final pictures.

It was a really enjoyable morning and it was great to see the children's growing confidence developing new skills.

It is only two weeks until the December meeting when we will be making hoop and tassel tree decorations and machine stitched lace cards. 
Fingers crossed it all goes as smoothly as this month!

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Being On Trend?

This morning I took a friend for an Osteopath appointment because they are unable to drive at the moment. As it was a first appointment and we were not sure how long it would take we decided I would wait in Reception. So while my friend was assessed and tortured manipulated I settled in a corner and got my crochet out. The clinic shared a space with a new tanning salon, who, it transpired were making a promotional video for social media. Tucked in my quiet corner, it was very entertaining watching all these bright, beautiful (and bronzed) young things going through the process of making their film. The young woman working the camera was very trendy in overlarge Doc Martins, slouch trousers and baggy off the shoulder jumper. It was fascinating watching her direct the participants - 'Receptionist' in teeny black dress, spike heels and long, slim bronzed limbs and 'clients' pretty blonde girl in outdoor clothing and body builder young man (not in outdoor clothing!). Being several decades older with the complexion of a red head it was easy to blend into the background as a spectator. The crochet Christmas pressie was coming along nicely when I was suddenly spotted, or at least what I was doing was spotted. The manager of the salon, a very charming young man, came over declaring "Ooh look, knitting's really trendy now isn't it?" I didn't like to tell him it was crochet. The next moment there was a crowd round me wanting to know what I was doing and the trendy camera woman had whipped her phone out to show me what she was knitting. Bless her, she told me she could only manage scarves but hoped to try something bigger soon while proudly showing me pictures of her young nephew in a bright red chunky scarf she had made. I don't think I have been "On Trend" ever in my life but maybe my Christmas crochet got close to it this morning. 

Friday, 4 November 2016

Five on Friday - A Random Five

November has arrived, the clocks have gone back and after a gloriously mild Autumn a chill has crept into the air. I am not sure if the change of hour or change of temperature has created a change in mood but personally there has been more pain and less energy this week. Getting through all the normal domestic routines has been a bit like pushing through virtual porridge leaving little time for other diversions. I felt like I had nothing to share with Five on Friday but having looked through the few pictures taken this week, here are a random five. 

The first frost sparkling on the leaves

The completed cowl, which converts to a lace collar

Cyclamen pot brightening the front door step

Treats from Little French Meadow. 

Work in progress

Looking back there are plenty of positives. My bones may not like the cold but the frost does look magical in the early morning sunshine. Knitting projects are progressing and there are new ones to look forward to. Christmas stitch markers and pretty cyclamen always bring a smile.
At least the darker, colder evenings provide a good excuse for cosying up under crocheted blankets and more knitting/crochet/crafting time. 

Joining with Amy at Love Made My Home for Five on Friday